Information for Men -The Contraceptive Pill

November 12, 2012

Information for Men -The Contraceptive Pill

The contraceptive pill has become one of the most popular methods of birth-control amongst women, mainly due to its convenience. It is available in different forms and there are various brands available to choose from, but how does the pill work and what effect does it have on your partner’s body.

What does it do?

The combined pill is so called because it contains two important hormones, one is Oestrogen, which is a nutshell is the hormone that prepares women’s bodies for childbirth and the other is Progesterone, which helps the ovum on its way to implantation in the fallopian tube and gets the breasts ready for milk production, it also increases the appetite and it is Progesterone which is the cause of Pre Menstrual Tension (PMT).

The Pill contains enough oestrogen and progesterone to stop ovulation and as a back-up it also makes the mucus of the cervix thicker and the lining of the womb thinner, making it difficult for sperm to penetrate the egg if one is produced and stopping it sticking to the wall lining. Without ovulation pregnancy cannot occur.

Is there more than one type of pill

There are many brands of the combined pill, all of which contain slightly different amounts of the hormones and other ingredients present. There is also a progesterone only pill popularly known as the mini pill.

Are they easy to take

Yes, although the combined pill is easier because you take it every day, but it doesn’t have to be at the same time. However, the mini pill must be taken at the same time each day and no more than 3 hours late. Your partner must still take a forgotten pill and you have to use another form of birth control for the next 48 hours.

Side Effects

However, the pill is not a natural product and it can cause side effects. When your partner first starts to take the pill it can cause bloating, headaches, slight bleeding, breast tenderness and weight gain, but these symptoms should settle down after a few months and if they don’t then she can change to another brand of pill which may suit her better.

More serious side effects include heart attack thrombosis or even strokes, but these are only a higher risk to those women who smoke, have diabetes, are obese and have high blood pressure, in which case, the pill will not be recommended by your doctor.

Advantages

  • Reduced period pain

  • Less PMT

  • Lighter bleeding

  • Shorter periods

Can all women take the pill?

The mini pill can be taken by most women, even when your breastfeeding and the combined pill is fine unless your partner suffers from Migraine with Aura or is a smoker over 40 then it is probably better to find another form of contraception.

Overall the pill is extremely safe and 99% effective, leaving both your partner and yourself free to enjoy your sex life without the worry of an unwanted pregnancy.

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